Reuniting Slave Families Who’ve Been ‘Torn Asunder’ / by Jerald Pierce

Slavery has ended. How does a now-free African American start a new life? Reunite with family members separated by slavery. But to do that, he may have to keep his slave name, or send a letter to his previous owner asking for help—in short, he will employ any strategy he can.

These are some of stories explored in Nikkole Salter’s new play Torn Asunder, which runs Apr. 13-29 at St. Louis Black Repertory Company. Based on Help Me to Find My People, a book by Prof. Heather Andrea Williams, the play was commissioned by Williams and Kathy A. Perkins.

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